Freda is an unemployed actress. Val and Jenny want to be writers. Esther wants to make the world a better place. George likes to party. Gordon doesn't know what he wants. They have been brought together by a band and its rehearsal room that's also their home, run by the eternally young Vera Lyndon (Elisabet Reinsalu). At first glance, gliding over the surface, one sees a dashing and joyous bunch -- who likes to party, argue, dance, show off, philosophise, flirt.  Under all the merriment, however, something ominous and foreboding is hidden.

Rodney Ackland’s play cleverly binds together opposite moods characteristic to Britain of the beginning of 1930s.  On one hand, the boisterous, pleasure-seeking jazz era, desperate to exorcise the ghosts of the First World War has not yet ended.  On the other, dark clouds at the horizon announce the devastating horrors to come.

Why do this play in Estonia today?  In what concerns their way of thinking and acting, the people living in Vera Lyndon’s apartment could very well be the modern young hipsters of Kalamaja in Tallinn. Their attempts to build a life, their search for happiness under the threat of a shifting political landscape should be familiar to any contemporary Estonian, therefore the time of action has been shifted from the 1930ies to the present day, with influences of the grunge culture of 1990ies.

The production includes original music by Jarek Kasar. Set and costumes have been created by Tallinn City Theatre's new head designer Reet Aus.

The 27th Class of Drama School kicked off with Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” in Hobuveski (directed by Peeter Raudsepp, Katariina Unt and Laura Kalle), then performed in Sasha Pepelyaev’s dance production “Idiot FM” at the Drama School and in the summer August Gailit’s “Ekke Moor” in Kuressaare (directed by Aare Toikka). In addition to students, the production also includes actors of Tallinn City Theatre.

Adrian Giurgea is an American Stage Director, based in New York.  He is the Director of the Theatre Program of Colgate University.  Born in Romania, where he studied dramaturgy and directing and where he began his professional career, he directed about 120 productions and taught acting and directing in Romania, Israel, Italy, and the U.S. “Strange Orchestra” is Giurgea’s third production in Estonia.

Graduation play of the 27th Class of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre Drama School (tutors Peeter Raudsepp and Katariina Unt).